Guidepost Rail Tours is your local contact for steam rail and train enthusiast tours around the world. Many tours are exclusive 'one off' events arranged by specialist operators and not available through regular travel agents. Contact our office for more information on rail travel worldwide and bookings on these tours.
Rail Enthusiast Tours through New Zealand, Asia, China and Japan
Taipai : Sun Moon Lake : Mt Alishan : Kaohsiung City
Taiwan is a treasure: mountainous, scenic and full of contrasts, it’s a melting pot of cultural influences from Asia’s great powers. This autumn adventure begins in bustling Taipei, now home to some of China’s most important art works and tallest buildings. You’ll be whisked by high speed train to the magical resort of Sun Moon Lake and then climb sedately – on Victorian era switchback railways – the mountains and giant cypress forests of Mt Alishan. Continue the round trip by rail heading south to Kaohsiung City, and across to historic Taitung and then, hugging the east coast, journey along the ravines and cliffs to the stunning Taroko Gorge. Along with the island’s famous natural beauty, hot springs and fascinating indigenous cultures, modern Taiwan is bursting with friendly energy. Its luxury accommodation, delicious food and sensational shopping are legendary. No wonder the old Portugese mariners called it Lila Formosa, ‘The Beautiful Island’, and that was before there were any railways to marvel at! Reservations on Scott McGregor's Railway Adbventures only with Guidepost Rail Tours. (Gpt-RAdv)
Saigon : Dalat : Hoi An : Hue : Hanoi : Halong Bay
Featuring: The Re-Unification Express, Dalat Rack Railway, Thai Nguyen Steam Railway, Sino – Vietnam Railway, The Re-Unification Express, Vietnam’s famous trans-national train is a potent symbol of the country’s journey from colony through wars to unified nation. We’ll ride the full length of this historic and scenic line south to north and beyond in our own private carriages. Starting in Saigon, first stop is the old hill station of Dalat. We’ll follow the tropical coast to the ancient trading resort town of Hoi An, then traverse the spectacular Hai Van pass en route to the imperial city of Hue, arriving into the wondrous city of Hanoi. Experience a special run on the last steam railway in Indochina and complete the adventure with an overnight cruise on a luxury junk on breathtaking Halong Bay. When not on board, accommodation is in superior 4 and 5 star hotels. There’s also an optional extension by private train to the old French hill station of Sapa. Reservations for Scott McGregor's Railway Adventures only with Guidepost Rail Tours (GP-RAdv)
Stockholm : Lapland : Norway : Bergen - 22 July to 5 August 2013
Featuring: Inlandsbanan, Norland, Rauma and Flam Railways Mid summer in Scandinavia is when the sun shines all night and the locals come out to play. Starting in the historic capital of Stockholm, we’ll ride the Inlandsbanan special train through the heart of Sweden to Lapland and the Arctic Circle and on to the northern coast of Norway, cruise the Loften islands and then join the train to picturesque Trondheim. The Rauma railway which will take you to the Art Deco city of Alesund is considered one of Europe’s most scenic lines. We’ll then fly over the spectacular coastline to Bergen before cruising the fjords to Flam and riding the legendary Flam and Bergen Railways on the return journey. Reservations for Scott McGregor's Railway Adventures only with Guidepost Rail Tours. (Gpt-RAdv)
Featuring: The Inlander – The Gulflander – The Savannahlander. The end of the wet season in the Queensland Savannah sees the landscape flush and green, the rivers full and the air dry and warm. It’s the time of year the locals love most and so the first tour of Railway Adventures embraces this recommendation with a comprehensive outback rail journey. The tour features three unique train trips, an island-hopping flight, comfortable coach and train in a round trip from Townsville to Mount Isa, up to the Gulf of Carpentaria, across the wide Savannah and the Atherton Tableland and down through the rainforest of the Kuranda range to Cairns. Stopping at Mount Isa, Normanton, the stunning Cobbold Gorge, the intriguing Undara Lava Tubes, the tour finishes in Cairns after an exciting day trip to Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge. Scott McGregor's Railway Adventures - Next tour starts 7 September 2013.Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for reservations. (Gpt-RAdv)
Travel by rail in style to the Emirates Melbourne Cup via the Great ocean Road and Otway National Park. Relive the excitement and glamour of stylish rail travel aboard the famous Southern Aurora heritage train in your own private cabin. Private coach transfers direct to Flemington Racecourse. Grandstand reserved seating. Fine food and comfortable travel throughout. Leave Sydney Sunday 3rd November 2013 and return Wednesday 6th November. Contact Guidepost for reservations. Booking now being taken - limited to 96 places..
Join the Southern Aurora on its first ever trip to South Australia. Relax in the lounge cars and enjoy wonderful a la carte meals in the dining car. Travel overnight through Cootamundra to Broken Hill then continue on to Port Augusta. Spend 2 nights in the Flinders Ranges with some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia. Our leisurely trip home on the Aurora takes you through Dubbo, seeing much of western New South Wales in daylight. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours. Please note the April tour is now fully booked. (GptSJR-HExp)
Heritage Express, a division of the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, operate regular rail journeys from Sydney using steam locos with vintage carriages or heritage diesel locomotives with the legendary "Southern Aurora" carriages. Check here for the list of coming excursion using both steam and diesel. For information and bookings on Heritage Express Tours contact Guidepost on 1300 733323 or submit the enquiry form at the top of this page.
The ARHS NSW Branch has a regular programme of tours out of Sydney, often involving joint activities with The Rail Motor Society, 3801 Ltd and the RTM’s Heritage Express together with the Sydney Bus and Truck Museum at Tempe.
The Cockatoo Run can take you to either Robertson or continue on through to Moss Vale. Enjoy a relaxing day's train travel from Sydney through the Royal National Park, cross the impressive Stanwell Park viaduct skirting the sea cliffs and beaches to Wollongong. Take in the steep ascent of the Illawarra Escarpment and the coastal rainforest - a climb of 600 metres in only 16 kilometres!
The Canberra Division of the Australian Railway Historical Society runs Heritage trains with restored passenger cars from the early 1900s, and when possible these are hauled by one of their century-old veteran steam locomotives. These local trains usually operate from Canberra to Bungendore. Overnight or weekend tour trains include air-conditioned sleeping and dining cars, and are hauled by veteran diesel locomotives.